The international organisation behind an attempt to promote responsible environmental behaviour in the shipping industry said it’s expanding its scope to fully include shipowners. 

The new breadth of the Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) is designed to increase transparency of the process of decarbonisation in the commercial shipping sector. 

The Sea Cargo Charter provides a common, global baseline for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of chartering activities of charterers and shipowners, according to its developers. 

“It enables signatories to quantitatively evaluate and disclose whether their chartering activities align with internationally adopted climate goals, thus serving as a crucial tool to support responsible decision-making,” SCC explained. 

SCC has been public since 2020, and is designed to show charterers and owners if their vessels are in line with IMO climate and decarbonisation goals. The next report, slated for publication in June 2024, will measure ships versus the IMO 2023 GHG standards for the first time. 

The sector has responded positively to the SCC update, according to its management, with environmentally focused professionals hoping it will “foster collaboration” by sharing key data with the wider sector.

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“The expansion of the Sea Cargo Charter to fully include shipowners signals a new milestone in the global endeavour to decarbonise shipping,” Rasmus Bach Nielsen, global head of fuel decarbonisation at Trafigura and chair of SCC. 

“By uniting owners and charterers under a common framework and methodology, we hope our initiative can further enhance transparency and foster collaboration across the industry, thereby amplifying its impact.”  

Eman Abdalla, global operations & supply chain director at Cargill Ocean Transportation added: “By enabling broader collaboration within the Sea Cargo Charter, we are forging a new path committed to sustainable practices and transparency for the industry. 

“Widening access to the Charter acknowledges shipowners’ crucial role in reducing shipping emissions, enabling key stakeholders to report transparently within a unified framework and gain crucial data-driven insights to reduce emissions.”